Six months later, I was packing my bags to fly south to start my tenure at Rothera Research Station, operated by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Fortunately, I am backed up by the British Antarctic Medical Unit (BASMU) based in Plymouth and can get expert advice within hours, if not minutes. Life on an Antarctic research station is unique. The Antarctic winter is a challenging but personally rewarding time that drew many of us down here in the first place. Slush, pancake ice and finally fixed sea ice forms over the bay and the silence becomes all-consuming.